Piper of the Month February 2021

Our Piper of the Month for February comes in hard hitting and loving being both a Firefighter/Paramedic and Pipe Sargent in his Emerald Society Pipe & Drum Band!! 

Please allow us to introduce our February 2021 Piper of the Month Dave Gade! 

Where are you from Dave? I currently live in Wallingford, CT. 

How long have you been affiliated with the Fire Department? For the past 35 years, 10 years as a Volunteer with South Meriden Volunteer Fire Department in Meriden, CT and 25 years as a Career Firefighter/Paramedic with the Wallingford Fire Department in Wallingford, CT. 

How long have you been playing Bagpipes? 14 years now!

What Emerald Society Band are you affiliated with? I am a proud member of the New Haven County Firefighters Emerald Society Pipe & Drum Band where I currently hold the rank of Pipe Sargent.  

What made you start playing the Bagpipes? I’ve always been intrigued with the bagpipes and always amazed how beautiful they sound. Another member of the band asked me if I wanted to play bagpipes and I started to take lessons. After taking lessons for three months, I finally met the members of the New Haven County firefighters EmeraldSociety pipes and drums at a band practice, and fell in love with these guys/girls as they all welcomed me with open arms. This was one of the best Decisions I’ve ever made, Because of who we are, the amazing things we do, and  every awesome story  we have to tell. “ WE ARE THE TRUE BROTHERHOOD ABOVE All” 

What's your favorite song(s) to play? I really love playing "343: The Fallen," "Rakes of Mallow," and "Bells of Dunblane" 

Thank you Dave!! CC is proud to have our as one of our Pipers of the Month!!